Placement and Transfer of Credit

Steps to Enroll » Step 4: Get Placed

Placement Options

Before registering for classes, new students need to be placed at the English and math level that works best for you. There are three ways that SPSCC helps you get placed at the right level: document review, Guided Self Placement, and testing.

While there are many options for how incoming SPSCC students can be placed into the best English and math levels, students should anticipate using only 1 method for each placement. Please use the information below to find your potential placement options and further detailed information about submitting documents or taking exams. If you still have questions, please join us for a Placement Made Easy information session or reach out to us at assessment@spscc.edu.

Document Review

The best and simplest way to get placed at the right level is to let us assess work you’ve already done. Our assessment team can determine your placement by reviewing your recent high school or college transcripts, or recent test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP, IB, CI or SBA.

High School Transcript

Prospective Running Start students and recent high school graduates have the ability to use their high school transcript (official or unofficial) to determine placement.  Placement is used for SPSCC math and/or English courses with the following guidelines:

  • All high school math courses used for placement are valid within the last academic year.
  • All high school English courses used for placement are valid within three years from high school graduation.
  • Classes must have been completed with a full year (1.0 high school credits) of a B (3.0 GPA) average grade or better.
  • Home School transcripts are accepted as long as they meet the criteria above and also include information about the curriculum set used with a bulleted content list for each course submitted for placement evaluation.

For more detailed information about the math and English courses we can use for placement, please see the SPSCC High School Documents Placement Guide

Submitting high school transcripts for placement:

Email your official or unofficial transcripts to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number and your high school graduation year. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.
College Transcript

If you have credits from another college, you may have the ability to use your unofficial transcripts for placement if you have taken math or English courses.

Submitting college transcripts for placement:

Email your unofficial transcripts to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

To apply credits from another college towards a degree at SPSCC, complete the Transfer of Credit Application and submit your official transcripts to incomingtranscripts@spscc.edu. Students are encouraged to submit their transcripts and the transfer of credit application within their first two quarters of enrollment at SPSCC.

SAT & ACT Scores

English placement may be established using SAT or ACT scores that are less than three years old. Math placement currently cannot be established from SAT or ACT scores. For more detailed information about the scores we can use for placement, please see the SPSCC High School Documents Placement Guide

Submitting SAT or ACT Scores for placement:

Email your unofficial transcripts to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

AP, IB & CI Scores

English and math placement can be determined from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Cambridge International (CI) scores. For more detailed information about the tests and scores we can use for placement, please see the SPSCC High School Documents Placement Guide

In addition, you may be eligible to receive SPSCC credits based on your score qualifications on AP or IB tests. Use the Transfer of Credit Application to request these credits.

Submitting AP/IB scores for placement:

Email proof of scores to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

Smarter Balance Assessment Scores

For Running Start students and recent Washington high school graduates, English and math placement can be determined from Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) English and Language Arts scores. SBA math scores are valid for one academic year after the test was taken and English scores are valid for 3 years after high school graduation. For more detailed information about the scores we can use for placement, please see the SPSCC High School Documents Placement Guide

Submitting Smarter Balance scores for placement:

Email a copy of your score report to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Reports must include your name, scores, the month and year the exam was taken, and the year of your high school graduation. Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

GED Exam Scores

Scores from the GED® Reasoning through Language Arts test or the GED® math test completed within the last two years may be used for placement. For more detailed information about the scores we can use for placement, please see the SPSCC High School Documents Placement Guide.

Submitting GED® scores for placement:

Email a copy of your score report to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

Guided Self Placement

If you don’t have recent transcripts or test scores, Guided Self Placement (GSP) is a great option. GSP is a questionnaire that guides you through a series of questions and activities reflecting on your prior experiences with reading, writing and/or math. GSP will help you make an informed decision about the placement level at which you will be both successful and challenged.

Learn more about GSP, including how to register to take the exam, on the Assessment Center page.

Placement Testing & Placement Reciprocity

If you have already placed at another Washington State community college or you have ACCUPLACER scores from another college or university or if the other placement options above do not work for your individual situation, you can take the College Placement Test (CPT). The CPT is a computer-based assessment called ACCUPLACER that assesses your skills in reading and math.

College Placement Test / ACCUPLACER

The College Placement Test / ACCUPLACER exam is available when you do not have any other documentation available to make a placement determination for English or math. SPSCC uses the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER. The assessment is computer-based and is not timed. Test results are available immediately upon completion of the assessment.

Learn more about the CPT, including how to register to take the exam, on the Assessment Center page. 

Placement Reciprocity

If you completed a placement test at another Washington State community or technical college within the last calendar year, you may request placement based on reciprocity.  We will place you at the equivalent level that the other institution placed you at. Your documentation submitted must show the English and/or math placement for the other institution, not just the score numbers.

Submitting placement test results for reciprocity:

Email your official placement score sheet to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

ACCUPLACER Score Placement

If you completed the ACCUPLACER exam within the last calendar year at another institution, you may request placement based on score reciprocity.  We will place you at the equivalent level based on our score cut offs for the ACCUPLACER exam. The completed ACCUPLACER exam must be the ACCUPLACER Next-Gen exam.

Submitting placement test scores for reciprocity:

Email your official placement score sheet to assessment@spscc.edu from your SPSCC email account. If you have not applied to SPSCC and created your student email, please follow the Steps to Enroll. We are unable to provide placement results to personal email addresses.

Be sure to include your SPSCC student ID number. Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

Transfering Credit

Beyond placing for math and English, you may have documentation that will allow you to transfer your credit from another institution or be granted credit from completion of certain exams and professional experience. We encourage students to submit documentation for evaluation toward transfer of credit within their first two quarters at SPSCC to minimize duplicative course completion and delays in graduation.

Potential Transfer Credit Options
  • Credit completed at another accredited community college or four-year college or university
  • Military Training (AARTS or SMARTS)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • College in the High School (CiHS)
  • CTE Dual Credit (Tech Prep)
  • Advanced Placement Exam Scores (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate Exam Scores (IB)
  • Cambridge International Exam Scores (CI)
  • Training Certifications (CALE)
  • Non-Certified Work Experience (PLA)

If you have transferrable credit, your evaluation must be completed before an Educational and Career Planner (ECP) can create a Degree Plan for you.  Evaluation can take up to 6-8 weeks to complete.

Learn more about transferring credit, including access to the necessary forms, on the Transfer Credits page.

 

 

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